Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My daughter asks so many questions! (audio)

Stephanie Foo (thisamericanlife.org, "Fermi's Paradox," Act 3); Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly
Rosie is 9. One night her father, who was always busy working, told Rosie to stop distracting him with her questions. She should write them all down, he said. Rosie returned with about 50 of the most fundamental human questions. Three years later, her father is still writing out answers. Producer Stephanie Foo tells the story in 12 minutes.

In this episode of This American Life (WBEZ), Ira Glass introduces Fermi's Paradox.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

KROQ Weenie Roast Concert (watch free)

KROQ.com (Facebook); StubHub.com; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2017 is going down today (Saturday) at StubHub Center in Carson, Los Angeles. Listen commercial-free starting at noon as DJs Kevin and Bean, Kat Corbett, Stryker, Nicole Alvarez, and Megan Holiday chat with all the bands at the show! Keep an eye on the Facebook page to keep up with all the action. (Tickets still available: Production holds have been released and there are still a few great seats left! Purchase tickets via AXS.com). More - LIVESTREAM or WATCH: exclusive.concert-zoone.com/Lo...

Hippies who time travel: Damanhur (video)

Night Terrors; Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Live like an "ascetic" and you'll understand.
May 11, 2017: The Damanhur cult [of Italy] reveals they have unlocked the secret of time travel. The "Time Project" leader warns travel to the recent past is not safe, because it might adversely change current events. It is safer to travel deep into history.

Thirty miles from the home of the Shroud of Turin, the tiny, sleepy Italian village of Baldissero Canavese was able to keep secret for 15 years the underground location of the commune of Damanhur. At the foothills of the Alps underneath an innocent-looking suburban home in Northern Italy, hundreds of hippies are living in a paradise under the earth.

"Stop police brutality" - for once and all
The Damanhur Federation was founded by Oberto Airaudi and his 24 disciples, named after the Egyptian city that hosted a temple dedicated to Horus the sky god, represented as a man with the head of a falcon. Airaudi also went by the name of "Falco" or the Hawk, based on the tradition of the cult that members adopt animal names. According to Falco this all started when he was a ten year-old child. He had visions of a great Temple filled with people living together harmoniously. As a man he had a successful career as an insurance agent, when in the back yard of his home on a hot August night, Oberto told his believers he was waiting for a sign. A falling star streaked across the sky. He said to his friends, "We start digging now."

They used only hand tools -- hammers and picks. Beginning in 1978 and working around the clock, for the next 15 years these laymen carved out an underground complex with no architectural plan, except for the sketches made by Falco. It now descends five stories into the earth in a giant series of chambers connected by hundreds of yards of tunnels. One room is a four-sided pyramid covered in mirrors with a glass dome. The ceiling of a room called, "The Hall of Spheres" is covered entirely in gold leaf. Other ceilings, walls and floors are done in intricate mosaic murals.

Very early on, the collective of Damanhur also was involved in other new age projects. They believe that plants can sing, and they developed equipment to allow humans to hear the melody. One probe is attached to a leaf. Another probe is inserted in the soil between the roots. Electric conductivity is measured and a converter assigns musical notes to the electrical impulses.

The underground Temples became public knowledge when a former member sued to regain his possessions from the group. Italian police and the public prosecutor came knocking at the front door in 1993, demanding to be shown the subterranean temples -- which were constructed without a single building permit. "Otherwise," they warned, "we will dynamite your hillside." Falco replied, "Your threats are unnecessary," and he led authorities through the secret door to the complex. The officals were dumbstruck by expansive vaults 25 feet in height. Worldwide headlines helped the Damanhur Federation to turn their commune into a tourist attraction. The government declared the sanctuary to be The 8th Wonder of the Modern World.

The cult revealed that in 1997 they unlocked the secret of time travel. "Time Project" leader, Gnomo Orzo, says it is safer to travel deep into history than it is to travel to the recent past, which might adversely change current events. Orzo confirms the device is a machine. Its purpose is to channel and magnify a person's own psychic energy.

The current population of the neo-hippy commune is between seven and eight hundred souls. They have their own schools. They issue their own currency, the Credito, equal to the value of the Euro. They invented their own sacred language. But they no longer hide anything. They welcome visitors, and they welcome new citizens.

There are different classes of citizenship at Damanhur. The "Class C" citizen is not required to live on site. Class B citizens contribute money and must live there at least three days a week. Class A citizens share all personal property with the commune and live on site full-time. Only the Class A citizens are eligible to make use of the time machine.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

L.A. history with a real Californio (audio)

Off-RampSCPR); Pfc. Sandoval, Xochitl, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly

The language of Mexico and its state California is NOT Spanish. It never was. Spanish is the language of invaders, Conquistadors, colonialists. If anything the Native language is Nahuatl (pronounced Nah-wah).
Of course, when this was all Native American territory, the tribes or nations had their own languages or dialects. This collection of tribal Native American tongues were from the Uto-Aztecan language family used all over The Southwest extending deep into Mesoamerica surpasses Spanish (from imperial Spain) in importance. 
What about our Great Pyramid of Cholula?

Spanish is European and imperialist, a language of conquest and colonization. There are millions of Nahuatl speakers in Mexico.
There was a post-Aztec tribe called the Mexica, from which the country derived its present name. But Mexicans are really, for the most part, Mestizos ("Mixes" or "Blends" of Native and European usually Spaniard, French, German, Portuguese, or British) blood, as is true for much of South America.
What began 16 years ago with just four publishers in a few cities has blossomed into an international event involving hundreds of stores in 46 countries with 40 publishers — big, small and self-run — and millions of comic books, all for free. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
LA culture today, comic book shops
Any remaining Natives are very much mistreated and taken to the edge of extinction. Ethnic cleansing is going on now, and if they cannot be eradicated outright, their culture, language, and indigenous practices are stamped out to make room for the hegemony of the dominant culture, which is anything but Native.

In this episode of LA's Off-Ramp (scpr.org), Host John Rabe talks to a Native Nahuatl speaker and a Los Angeleno or "Californio" (Native Californian, which used to be one place prior to its separation into Upper and Lower, Alta and Baja).
An Angeleno family going back three generations here is considered ancient. But Theresa Chavez is a real Californio, dating back to 1771 when her family owned an original rancho ("ranch")...
How many Romanian restaurants can you name? Add Parsnip in Highland Park to the short list...We say TOMATO, they say TOMATL: Adolfo Guzman Lopez helps us explore Nahuatl. (Photo: LA Public Library Shades of LA Collection).

A deep dive on LA history with a member of local "royalty," a real Californio.

Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez concert (video)

Official Movie (youtube.com); Pfc. Sandoval, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

Top 49 Influential Men: Sixto (askmen.com)
Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Sixto Rodriguez, known as "Sugar Man," the greatest '70s rock icon who never was.

After being discovered in a Detroit bar, Rodriguez's sound struck two renowned producers, and they signed a recording deal. But when the album bombed, the singer disappeared into obscurity.

A bootleg recording found its way into white apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon as big as Bob Dylan and every other icon of that generation.

The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their music hero. Documentary 2012 Canfield Pictures AB. Director: Malik Bendjelloul.
  • In concert Friday, May 19, 2017, 8:00 PM @ Cal State LA
  • The Luckman Fine Arts Complex Cal State University
  • 5151 State University Dr., LA, CA 90032  (323) 343-6600

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chris Cornell copies Kurt Cobain (video)

Chris Cornell (official site: chriscornell.com), the former American grunge rock musician, all tour dates now cancelled. See site for news, videos, music, and blog.
Goodbye to wife and young kids.
Then there was one. Has anyone looked in on Eddie Vedder lately? Chris Cornell [committed suicide by hanging, according to the local coroner, and] was found dead on May 18, 2017 in Detroit after a Soundgarden concert.

UPDATE: Maybe what killed Cornell was a toxic allopathic prescription "medicine" called Ativan, the side effects of which are suicidal ideation or acting out. That would make his yet another iatrogenic death; doctors kill more people in the US with legally prescribed drugs being used as directed than were killed in Vietnam. What killed Nirvana's Kurt Cobain? Assuming it was not Courtney Love, as one private investigator hired by Love concluded (and that's the story we believe, but her lawyers say we better not say it without adding "allegedly" or else), it was a shotgun to the face. 
His death has come as a huge shock to fans the world over, not least because the band played a gig just hours before his premature death.

The 52-year-old performed at the Rock City venue the Fox Theatre, tweeting about his excitement for the show just shortly before the performance [proving how fake social media posts are, because you're on the verge of suicide or death by possession and still tweeting, "woo-hoo, rock 'n roll" or some such].

The rocker performed fan favorites "Rusty Cage," "Spoonman," and "Outshined" [and most poignantly Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying"] at the sold out gig [a site sure to be rampant with inimical spirits looking for physical expression of their anguish or malevolence, but that's just opinion and no "right minded" person would even countenance such a thought], part of Soundgarden's tour of the United States, which still had six dates left.
  • [No refunds. How could'ya think of money at a time like this? See sales agent.]
Suicide? Why'd you do it, man? - Hey, maybe I was killed like all the others?

    Cornell died suddenly in the hours following the gig, although his death is [now explained as suicide by hanging, a dramatic pose for a man who looked a whole lot like the Europeanized version of Jesus Christ and whose laments sounded a lot like a martyr or Catholic apparatchik].

    In a statement to The Associated Press, his representative Brian Bumbery said the singer died Wednesday night in Detroit.

    Bumbery labelled the death "sudden and unexpected," with the family set to work closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

    Soundgarden split up in 1997 and reunited in 2010; their last record was King Animal in 2012. During their 13-year hiatus, Cornell went through a dark period and was admitted to rehab for alcohol addiction [aka alcoholism].

    Although, in an interview in 2012, he said that he would have ended up there anyway. He said: "It’s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together. It was a long slow slide and then a long slow recovery, but there was self-discovery, too.

    "For me it was mostly alcohol [mostly? you mean there were illicit drugs, too?] -- from my late teens until my late thirties." #chriscornell

    Daddy, they kill rock stars, don't they?
    Alex Constantine with co-host John B. Wells (Coast to Coast, Nov. 23, 2013)
    Chris Cornell's career as Seattle's [second] son Began at the Ditto Tavern (NPR)
    The government assassinates rock stars
    Author Alex Constantine (alexconstantinesblog...com, constantinereport.com)  details his research into the potential assassinations of subversive rock stars.

    Constantine cites a government intelligence memorandum that advised agents on a variety of methods to disrupt the lives of popular musicians. This document, revealed in 1976, suggested tactics such as
    • destroying marriages,
    • planting disparaging newspaper articles, and
    • fostering rivalries among competing artists.
    "Every one of these guys talked about revolution," Constantine observed about the counterculture musicians of the 1960's, "and the people at the top don't want to hear this."
    He contends that this message of revolt is so disturbing to the "powers that be" that they decided to eliminate popular artists who express it. 
    The US government's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) would never harm anyone.
    Among the artists that he suspects were assassinated at the behest of the U.S. government were popular musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and Mama Cass.

    Regarding the death of Hendrix, Constantine explained that, despite newspaper reports that blamed a heroin overdose, physicians who treated Hendrix reported red wine gushed out of his lungs and that he actually died from drowning.

    Who are these "powers that be"?
    According to Constantine, Bob Marley was "definitely killed by the CIA" via a surreptitious injection of cancer-causing compounds.

    And Cass was felled by the U.S. government because of her "encyclopedic knowledge of the Nixon administration." Ultimately, Constantine surmises that the agenda behind this spate of secret assassinations is to "kill off the political musicians and replace them with, basically, [as bland and consumer-oriented as] disco." More 
    • (NPR/The Record) Began at the Ditto Tavern: Chris Cornell's life as grunge's true Seattle son: Years before grunge made Seattle's music scene famous, it was clear that Chris Cornell was going to be a star. Through his career, he remained linked to his town and the tragedies that shaped him.
    Drunk driver goes wrong way through Times Square, hits crowds

    Meanwhile, in related news, Bronx resident plows into pedestrians for three blocks in New York while driving on the sidewalk. Alcohol is a great social menace, but the West does not care because it is key to our cruel ways:

    "Pandemonium erupted when the vehicle barreled through the prime tourist location and came to rest with two of its wheels in the air. The car leaned on a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.
    "He's just mowing down people," said Asa Lowe, of Brooklyn, who was standing outside a store when he heard screaming. "He didn't stop. He just kept going." The crash happened midday on a hot, clear day that brought large crowds of people into the streets... More
    • Chris Cornell (Wikipedia) is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band...  
    • Chris Cornell (@chriscornell on Twitter) The Promise (Lyric Video). “The Promise” is available now on iTunes. All proceeds will be donated to @theirc.
    • Chris Cornell Home (Facebook) Seattle, WA Cornell's new single “The Promise” is available now on iTunes. All proceeds will ... Chris Cornell shared Soundgarden's video.

    Meet an American-Muslim (comedian)

    (Fresh Air, 5/18; Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    In Homecoming King, Minhaj talks about growing up caught between cultures (Netflix)

    Comic on roasting Trump and growing up a "Third Culture Kid"
    Terry Gross square 2017
    [Love thy neighbor.] As the American-born child of parents who emigrated from India, comic Hasan Minhaj often feels a little out of place.

    "I exist in this hyphen," he says. "I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid, but am I more Indian or am I more American?"

    "What part of my identity am I?" Those are the kinds of questions Minhaj deliberately sidestepped when was getting his start in comedy.

    Hasan Minhaj Of 'Daily Show' On Prom, Indian Dads And White Folks At Desi Weddings
    Muslim stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj
    "It was almost like I was on the playground all over again," he says of his early career. "I just was afraid if I get real...people aren't going to like it; they're going to think I'm a freak."
    After years doing stand-up, Minhaj became a correspondent with The Daily Show in 2014.

    The following year, he starred in Homecoming King, a one-man stand-up show in which he began to open up on stage about his experiences as a "third culture kid" who doesn't fully share in either the culture of his parents or that of his hometown of Davis, California.
    "It wasn't until I started exploring the personal stuff, the one-man-show stuff, that I kind of got a chance to be more open to the audience and to my family," he says.
    Minhaj's new stand-up special, which is also called Homecoming King, is available on Netflix starting Tuesday. 

    Trump's Absence Loomed Large At Annual White House Correspondents' Dinner
    (Politics) Trump's absence loomed large at annual White House Correspondents' Dinner
    Highlights from the interview
    On his father's strict rules growing up
    Fresh AirOne of the biggest things immigrant kids oftentimes feel is...this big disparity between our parents and us. And our parents are staunch pragmatists and I consider myself to be an optimist....
    His rules with me growing up were very simple: no fun, no friends, no girlfriends. You can have fun in med school, which is, like, a huge lie. Terry, that's just a blatant lie. All my Indian friends and Asian-American friends that are in medicine or pharmacy, they will tell you: It doesn't get poppin' in dental school. It doesn't all of a sudden get fun where you go to a club and see a bunch of dudes going crazy, like, "What's going on fellas?" "What's going on? Residency! I'm having the time of my life." It doesn't work like that!

    Boogeymen: scary "Muslims" in the propaganda of the US mainstream media machine
    Again, I felt like for my dad...I have to deliver the dream. I am aware of that. I go back to Aligarh and I go back to Delhi often, where my cousins live now, and I'm very aware of the opportunity that I have when I go meet them. That's where I understand and I empathize with what my dad feels.
    On his mother taking his newborn younger sister to live in India while she finished her residency there
    My younger sister, Ayesha, was born in the States and then, at 2 months after her birth, she went to go live with my grandparents and be raised [in India]. So I didn't officially, officially get a chance to really meet her until I was 8 [and Ayesha was 5].
    The tough thing was, again, a lot of immigrant households, when you come to the States, you don't have the bandwidth and set up to accommodate a lot of things. My dad is working full time; I'm at school and then I'm going to...an after school daycare program; and now we have a newborn, my little sister. My mom is doing residency and rotations, so she's at a hospital all day. There just wasn't that infrastructure to care for this newborn baby, and financially that wasn't there. My grandparents were in India and it was set up in such a way that she could be raised and she was around cousins and it was an amazing way for her to grow up.
    Our narratives are very different. She grew up in India. Like, literally, it took a village. She was around people that loved her and were there for her, and I was this brown kid who was alone in America with his dad. So when she came back, I was just like, I hate this person. Who are you? I just wanted a mom, and now I got you.
    On how doing speech and debate in high school led him to comedy
    In high school I didn't know what comedy was, but I was involved in speech and debate and public speaking. ...Believe it or not, they are very similar. ...My favorite comedians are just presenting an argument and they're doing it in a funny way. And whenever I would do speech and debate, ... if you can make the judges laugh or if you could ridicule your opponent's position and make the judges laugh, I always would do better on the scorecard. ...That's when I really wanted to get into political comedy and talk about a lot of these topics that sometimes would be too taboo to talk about in other settings.
    On how getting a job at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart marked a turning point in how his parents viewed his career
    They finally could believe that I would be OK because ...Jon, to my dad, was somebody that you could trust and he was somebody that had figured things out. ...He was like, "If Jon Stewart says you're alright, then I think you'll be OK." Just having that co-sign -- more than having steady income and getting to have your dream job -- having that co-sign with your parents was just a huge deal.
    On election night and trying to get his mom home from a visit to India once it became clear Trump was going to win
    We were doing a live show that night; it was our election night special. We had a script written that followed what we thought was going to happen, that Hillary Clinton would be president. [But] as...the results were coming in, we're literally tearing apart our script. We're rewriting a one-hour live show in real time, and I'm on WhatsApp audio with my mom. My mom [is] being like, "We're watching the news. I'm with your grandma. What's going on?"
    So I'm trying to write jokes about Trump winning the election while I'm on Kayak.com looking up tickets for her to come back. ...It was a horrible 48 hours. ...And not knowing that everything will be OK was just really awful. ...We managed to get her home. ...I didn't want to risk anything.

    On hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner and being asked NOT to roast President Trump
    The irony to me was the theme of the night was about honoring the First Amendment, and you want me to censor myself? That to me -- I couldn't do it. ...Especially given the fact that the person that I'm roasting, the president, is someone who has so exploited that incredible privilege of free speech. The man who tweets whatever enters his head doesn't even want to honor the amendment that allows him to do it.

    That to me just blows my mind. So I wanted to make the conscious choice of, Hey, I will roast [Trump's] merit and I will roast the decisions he's made. I will try to be as tasteful as possible, but I have to talk about this.

    Radio producers Ann Marie Baldonado and Mooj Zadie and Web producers Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper and Nicole Cohen contributed to this story.